Road tripping cross-country is an American cultural institution. Whether you're a veteran of the country's highways or it's your first time taking a road trip, a new web app can help you organize your itinerary and prepare to hit the pavement.
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RoadTrippers, a web app launched Friday, lets you create custom itineraries while showing you the country's hidden treasures.
Husband and wife James and Tatiana Fisher created the app out of frustration with other travel apps, which only showed national chains and obvious tourist traps. The couple thought they could do better -- so they created RoadTrippers, hoping to inspire more adventurous travel.
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"We ended up with a hybrid of Mapquest and Yelp -- RoadTrippers provides dry boring directions as well as inspiration and discovery," James told Mashable. "We're building this platform that lets you sit back and go from discovery to action."
Unlike Google Maps, RoadTrippers takes you on the quirkiest, most adventurous route, adding in stops at places such as abandoned fairgrounds or the world's largest ball of twine. The price-conscious will appreciate its gas-tracking feature, estimating the fuel cost of your journey. Once your route is set -- you can add up to 28 destinations -- the app gives you a concise, printable version of your itinerary.
If you hear of a cool place you'd like to visit from a friend, you can add it to your "bucket list" of places you'd like to visit in the future. As with most travel apps, you can rate and review destinations you've visited, and read what others have to say about places you want to visit.
Does RoadTrippers sound like an app you'd use during your next road trip? Which features appeal to you? Let us know in the comments.
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If you're traveling by air, you want this app, which tracks departure and arrival information, gate numbers, flight changes, delays and other must-know tidbits for your trip. Should your flight get canceled, the app will help you find an alternate itinerary to book. FlightTrack Pro also offers complete international compatibility for trips out of the country.
This story originally published on Mashable here.